Prayer & Devotion

Let Your Words Be Few

Word Balloon Frame 01: Cut UpIn my last post, I shared about the need to be watchful in how we use our words towards others. Words uttered in carelessness serve only to hurt and divide.

But I have noticed something else about myself. Negligence in my speech towards other people eventually flows down to my communication with The Lord. When I pray, I am less inclined to praise and adore Him and more prone to doubt and complaint. I don’t know about you but when I have a complaining heart, my words multiply.

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2)

Even before The Lord, we must be slow to speak. Pause and consider who you are and who He is. Our sinful heart would keep us from approaching Him if not for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. This ready access which we have been graciously given ought not to be taken for granted. Precious blood marks the path through the Holy Place, past the torn veil, and into the Holy of Holies before God Himself. What will you say to Him?

Look at Isaiah’s response when he received a vision of The Lord sitting on His throne.

“Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5)

I’m afraid that I sometimes take too lightly my sinfulness and think even less of His holiness. I have certainly regretted many words spoken out of anger or bitterness to my husband and children. But, my heart is grieved even more at the words of doubt and unbelief that I have spoken to God Himself. The only thing that keeps me from being paralyzed by my past sins is His amazing gift of forgiveness.

May we learn to sit in silence before rushing into prayer. May we relish the quiet meditations of our hearts before beginning to speak. May we be still with reflections of His character before uttering one word.

Then, we can proclaim, “O Lord, how great Thou art!”


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8 thoughts on “Let Your Words Be Few”

  1. These are wise words! Arrogance seems harsh, yet that’s what we humans are like when we so easily/continually forget God’s holiness. There’s no thought more humbling than to think how the one true God of EVERYthing loves and puts up with sinful, selfish us… And that includes all of us, since Adam & Eve! ❤

  2. Loved this, “Our sinful heart would keep us from approaching Him if not for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. This ready access which we have been graciously given ought not to be taken for granted.”

    I have been guilty, too, of rushing in or of whining and complaining. The Holy Spirit gently nudges me and reminds me of how the Israelites complained in the wilderness. I am also reminded of a teaching series I have been watching/listening to geared toward worship leaders and teams. In it, we are reminded of Psalm 100 and how to enter into His presence, “…come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the LORD he is God:… 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

    Thank you for the reminder to watch our words and not take our access to Him for granted.

    1. I was so convicted when I realized that it was becoming a pattern in my life to complain to and question God. I was telling myself that because I have a personal relationship with The Lord, I can tell Him anything. And that is true … we should not feel limited in our prayers. But prayers should also be full of reverence. That verse in Ecclesiastes is so clear in how we ought to approach Him. The Israelites were given very specific instructions in how they should approach God in worship. Straying away from those commands could mean death. Though we’re not bound by the sacrificial system of the old covenant, we are still coming before the same Holy God. As always, thank you for your comment! I always enjoy fellowshipping with you.

      1. Yes, I agree. I think in the church’s attempt to move away from legalism and embrace His grace and a more intimate relationship with Him, we also at times forget about His holiness and reverencing Him and have become ‘too familiar’. I so appreciate your transparency. Thank you again for your ministry in sharing your heart and the things you are learning from the Holy Spirit.

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